Mouser Electronics, the global authorised distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is once again sponsoring the 13th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, a challenge to engineers and students worldwide to create the next great thing. Mouser is being joined in this sponsorship by Analog Devices. The contest is produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, an SAE International Company.
The grand prize winner will receive global recognition and a cash prize of $20,000 for a product that benefits society and the economy. Previous contests have produced more than 10,000 design ideas from engineers, entrepreneurs and students in more than 100 countries. Entries are being accepted now through July 1st, 2015.
“Advancing technological innovation is at the core of what we do here at Mouser and we are very excited to support design engineers by once again helping to sponsor this global design contest for them,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser Electronics’ vice president of technical marketing.
Previous grand prize winning entries include a key fob-sized device that makes smart phones “smarter” by enabling consumers to run a variety of low-cost sensing applications; an economical, rapid screening device to prevent food borne illness; a wheelchair propulsion system designed to increase the user’s mobility while decreasing upper body, repetitive stress injuries; a mechanism that makes CPR easy and safe for anyone to perform; a fuel-saving motor/pump for cars and trucks; a low-cost in-vehicle emergency warning system; and a new type of energy-efficient lighting.
The “Create the Future” Design Contest has been responsible for bringing attention to product designs that increase the quality of life, improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare and help to reduce dependence on non-renewable energy sources. The Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation.
“Mouser is known worldwide for their rapid introduction of the newest products, and unparalleled support of innovation,” said Joseph Pramberger, president of Tech Briefs Media Group. “We are excited for the opportunity to work with such a solid partner – one known in the industry for their strong commitment to foster and serve engineers and their design needs.”
The grand prize winner will be chosen from the winners in seven entry categories including: Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical, and Sustainable Technologies. Contest entries can be submitted by an individual or a team. An independent industry panel will judge the entries. Web site visitors are invited to vote for their favorite entry.